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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed on 21st March

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2019 was observed on March 21st with the theme- Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed on 21st March
supremacist ideologies.

Details:

  • Racist extremist movements which promote populist, nationalist agendas are spreading in various parts of the world, fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, often targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent.
  • The recent Christchurch Mosque Shootings in New Zealand is one such event.
  • The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination aims to fight against all forms of racial intolerance.

Why March 21st for this day?

  • On March 21st, 1960 police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid "pass laws" in Sharpeville, South Africa.
  • The United Nations General Assembly in 1966 proclaimed March 21st as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2019 and called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

Question:

Q. When is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed every year?
a. March 18th
b. March 19th
c. March 20th
d. March 21st
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed on 21st March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed on 21st March Reviewed by Shweta Kashyap on March 23, 2019 Rating: 5

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